Nanticoke Weight Loss and General Surgery announced its bariatric program has been accredited as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program, a joint program of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Nanticoke Weight Loss and General Surgery’s commitment to quality care begins with trained staff and the leadership surgeons who participate in meetings throughout the year to review its outcomes. They seek improvement to enhance the structure, process and outcomes of the center.

To earn the designation, Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery met criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with severe obesity.

The center also participates in a national data registry that yields semiannual reports on the quality of its processes and outcomes, identifying opportunities for continuous quality improvement. After submitting an application, centers seeking accreditation undergo a site visit by an experienced bariatric surgeon, who reviews the center’s structure, process and clinical outcomes data. Centers are awarded a specific designation depending on how many patients it serves annually, the type of procedures it provides and whether it provides care for patients younger than age 18.